Friday 23 March 2018

MGM lion born in Dublin, and other curiosities

Liam Collins

Liam Collins

THE first traffic lights in Dublin were installed at the junction of Merrion Square and Clare Street, on August 27, 1937, and the first parking meter on Wellington Quay on January 14, 1970.

These facts, and many more, can be gleaned from The Little Book of Dublin, published last week.

Did you know that the Union Jack, that great symbol of Britishness, was first flown not in England but over Dublin, on January 1, 1801, to celebrate the Act of Union? The Irish Rugby Football Union were so attached to it that they flew the Union Jack and not the tricolour at all matches until 1932, when the President of the Executive Council, William T Cosgrave, intervened.

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